When I first started seeing my Counsellor, Beverley, I was suffering with depression, low self esteem and extreme anxieties generated by some health issues and also by my profession. Giving voice to my anxieties in the sessions really helped me to get a perspective on things from which I was able to find an inner strength I never imagined I had. Only with the support of my Counsellor was I able to subsequently face and come up with some strategies for dealing with these health and workplace anxieties. Although I am still flawed and can imagine having to confront more difficulties in the future. I do feel better equipped to be able to do so.
When I first saw Beverley I was at a particularly stressful time in my life. Talking to her helped me tremendously to manage this and to plan for the future with a positive mindset.
Counselling helps a lot as it helps you cope at home and school. My counsellor has helped me with a lot, such as anger, calming-down, staying strong at school and not fighting with my brother. Before I came, I was in a tough situation but now I feel happy.
1:1 counselling - for you or not?
Before meeting Beverley I would have said Not!! I had experienced several major losses over the last few years and I thought I would be able to cope having had 20 + years of mental health, WRONG! My GP offered anti depressants and a long waiting list for counselling. Beverley was recommended by a former colleague.
On meeting her I felt instantly at ease and listened to, after a couple of sessions I became totally confident in her ability to guide me through all I was experiencing. During further sessions, we looked at things and it gave me new ways of thinking on how to face up to my feelings and was given things to work on in between sessions.
Months down the line I am now on a journey to "Finding a new me". I am so glad I made that call to Beverley.
I first sought counselling, I didn’t know what to expect.
The first session with Bev was very difficult for me, I had never shared such personal information with a complete stranger, it felt so intrusive that it made me want to get up and walk out.
I’m so glad now that I continued with the sessions, Bev put me at ease, and didn’t judge me or my partner, helping us to find a way to address our personal issues.
Our relationship has never been stronger and I wouldn’t hesitate to return to counselling again in the future.